Havelock wrestlers keep hopes for conference title alive


Havelock’s Kevin Garay, right, wrestles West Craven’s Zach Adams in the 152-pound weight division on Tuesday at Havelock High. Garay won with a pin in the second period as the Rams won the match 33-29.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 09:57 PM.

Havelock wrestlers won the close matches against West Craven Tuesday night, and in the end, kept their quest for a Coastal 3A Conference championship alive.

Javar Godette and Ramone Lawson won the final two matches of the night, sending the Rams to a 33-29 victory over the Eagles at Havelock High.

“Pressure doesn’t bother them,” Havelock coach Tommy Andrews said of Godette and Lawson. “They’re both cool-headed. That’s just how they wrestle.”

The Rams trailed 29-27 with two weight classes remaining. Godette got two takedowns in the third period to defeat Cody Cooke 6-3, putting Havelock on top 30-29 with Lawson’s match against Robert Baker at 145 pounds deciding the outcome. Lawson held a 2-1 advantage through the second period and then got an escape and a takedown in the third period to win 5-1, giving the Rams the 33-29 victory.

“That happens a lot where we get down and have to come back where the heart of our lineup lies, right in the center,” Andrews said. “We end up having to fight back a lot. That’s nothing new to us.”

The difference in the match was Havelock’s ability to win tight matches — along with Godette and Ramone, John Ellis (160) won 5-4 with an escape in the final 10 seconds of his match — and get pins, with Kevin Garay (152), Kendall Frazier (182), Ben Dixon (195) and Tyler Bullock (220) getting six-point victories.

And that same time, West Craven managed just one pin, that from heavyweight Skyler Furphy.

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